Scotch Whisky has recently been recognized as a GI in Botswana under the Industrial Property Act 2010, becoming the first foreign GI to be registered there. While Botswana is a relatively small export market, the value of direct shipments of Scotch in 2014 was up 163% to £456,728 from £173,638 in 2013. Scotch Whisky is now recognized in over 70 countries.
This achievement shows 2 important elements:
Congratulations to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA)!
Early in July, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized “Champagne” as world heritage. The UNESCO world heritage status covers the vineyards, “les maisons” and the cellars of Champagne, which correspond to "the places where sparkling wine was developed using a second fermentation method in the bottle from the beginning of the 17th century until its early industrialisation in the 19th century": http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/05/unesco-champagne-world-heritage-united-nations-french?CMP=share_btn_tw
Meanwhile, the World Trademark Review – an independent daily news and information service dedicated to legal trademark issues – assigned the Industry Awards 2015: the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia won the “Latin America Team of the Year” 2015 Award and the Federation of Swiss Watch Industry the “Not-for-profit Organisation Team of the Year” 2015 Award: http://www.wtrindustryawards.com/2015/Winners.aspx
Congratulations to the “Comité interprofessionnel du vin de Champagne” (CIVC), the National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia and the Federation of Swiss Watch Industry!